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Children First: Kids living with diabetes

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It's a disease where you have to monitor your blood sugar and take insulin. Type 1 Diabetes can affect anyone including kids.

Amy Tracy is a healthy and happy teenager, but for the past thirteen years she's had to live with Type 1 Diabetes.

"I don't really know anything other than it," said Amy Tracy.

When Amy was three, she was diagnosed and her mother, Toni Tracy, says it was devastating.

 "We have no sign of diabetes on either side of our family. It was a big shock to hear that word," said Toni Tracy.

At first her mother would give her the insulin shots. Now she does pretty much everything herself.

"You have to have insulin. You have to take it all the time. If your blood sugar goes up to get it down you have to do insulin," said Amy Tracy.

Monitoring her blood sugar can get overwhelming at times.

"It's crazy. There's so much you have to go through on a daily basis," she said.

But she doesn't let that slow her down.

"When it comes to sports you have to be more aware of what's going on. You can't play a whole game without having to test your blood sugar," said Amy Tracy.

Doctors say you can still live a normal life.

"People are living everyday with their diabetes. Just manage how to eat carefully, exercise, and give their insulin in a way that sort of balances their needs," said Dr. Rachel Edelen, pediatric endocrinologist at Regional Health.

Toni says kids with Type 1 Diabetes can learn something from the experience.

"They grow up with a better sense of responsibility because they know they've got to keep themselves in control," said Toni Tracy.

For kids going through Type 1 Diabetes, Amy has some advice.

"The important thing is just to, even though you're having fun is to remember to take care of yourself," she said.

Friday night at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center there's an event called Reflections "Light the Night to Fight Diabetes." The event raises money to send newly diagnosed kids with diabetes to camp.

The event is Friday, June 14 from 5:00pm-10:00pm

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